The Argentinian star skipper Lionel Messi has already won the award four times and then an unprecedented fifth is coming his way.
Messi led Barcelona to a La Liga, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble, scoring a remarkable 28 goals in the second half of the league season.
Despite his injury layoff to the start to the 15/16,‘La Pulga’ has recaptured the form and sharpness that has brought him four FIFA Ballons d’Or to date.
Here are three reasons why he will win a fifth
1. GOALS AND ASSISTS EVERYWHERE FOR MESSI
Since he returned to full fitness, Messi has recaptured the form and sharpness that has brought him four FIFA Ballons d’Or to date.
Though not Barcelona’s leading marksman in the league this season, Messi is the highest scoring (30) and assisting (18) player in Europe in 2015.
With 43 goals, he fired his side to yet another title and also top-scored in their victorious UEFA Champions League campaign, contributing ten goals and six assists.
One of the highlights of another hugely productive season came in the Copa del Rey final win over Athletic Bilbao, with Messi slaloming his way past several opponents on a long, mazy run before conjuring up a clinical finish inside the box.
Messi also played a decisive part in Argentina’s run to the final of the Copa America Chile 2015, serving up three assists, the joint-highest tally in the competition along with Chile’s Jorge Valdivia.
2. RONALDO AND NEYMAR HAVEN’T DONE ENOUGH in 2015 THAN MESSI
Messi will face stiff competition from teammate Neymar and current holder Cristiano Ronaldo but neither of them have done much to merit more that the Argies skipper
Neymar has proved an increasingly important player for Barcelona and with Messi missing for much of this season with injury, the 23-year-old is currently the top scorer in La Liga.
Same cannot be said of Ronaldo who ended the 2014/15 season empty handed.
The Portuguese star has, however, been the leading scorer in European Cup competitions in 2015, finding the net in both legs of Madrid’s Champions League semi-final defeat to Juventus.
3. MESSI REMAINS THE FANS FAVORITE
Messi is less envious and less easy to goad than his Real Madrid rival has perfected giving off an impression that he is far less consumed with winning the Ballon d’Or than his customary rival for the prize.
That is the holder’s privilege, but there is also a skill in delivering successive acceptance speeches just softly enough so the runner-up might be overheard gnashing his teeth in the background.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s frustrations at finishing second-best footballer in the world three times in four years to the younger Argentine have become plain enough.
Fans see it, and believe a taunt of “Messi, Messi” in stadiums where Real Madrid or Portugal play, in fixtures which have nothing to do with Barcelona, will be a reliable way of goading CR7.